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Belgium and Benin work together to improve the well-being of the Beninese population and State entities, in a spirit of partnership and shared responsibility. Our approach puts the priority on partnership, the transfer of skills, sustainability and innovation.


Despite the fact that Benin’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture, the country is not self-sufficient in terms of food. The agricultural world is challenged by problems with the availability of good quality inputs, climate variations and poor product-processing and marketing capacity.

Enabel helps Benin to improve agricultural performance, with a view to ensuring sustainable food and nutritional sovereignty, and contributing to the country’s economic and social development. Our involvement focuses on strengthening all the links in the value chain and develop the production, processing and marketing of pineapples and the cashew industry in a sustainable manner.

woman holding a pineapple basket with man next to her

Port sector

Cotonou Port is one of the largest ports on the West African coast. Enabel is supporting it with its modernisation efforts, in order to make it more efficient and more competitive.

The goal is to strengthen its competitive positioning by facilitating investment, developing the skills needed to operate the port and working on environmental issues.

man pointing at a boat at the port


Despite the government’s efforts, malaria, anaemia and respiratory infections remain the main causes of death in Benin. HIV/AIDS remains stable (1.2%), but new diseases are emerging. These can be blamed on changes in eating habits, urbanisation and a more sedentary life style.

We intervene at every level of the health system, supporting the Ministry of Health as well as hospitals and health centres. Enabel promotes rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services. To optimise resources in the sector and ensure adequate monitoring, Enabel also provides support for the digitalization of good quality data in the health sector.

doctor with a patient

Contact the Enabel team in Benin

Lot A1, Quartier Les cocotiers
02 BP 8118 Cotonou
T + 229 21 30 59 37 |
Resident Representative: Jean-François Michel

News & Events

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Ruminant livestock in Mali: Nana Sangaré Dembélé’s story

To alleviate more and more frequent crop failures, Mali and its partner countries have looked for techniques that can be adopted by agro-pastoralists. Fattening is one of the techniques favoured by the interested parties. Nana shares how she is using this technique and how it offers her a more stable income.

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31 January 2023

Domestic biogas, a sustainable energy solution tested in Niger

In Niger, more than 90% of households use wood as fuel for cooking. To help preserve the environment, Enabel is experimenting with the production of domestic biogas with 10 agropastoralist households in the villages of Nawdéo and Rounto Tanda in the Dosso region. Read the story.

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24 January 2023

Result of the Strategic Evaluation TVET & Employment

The results of the Strategic Evaluation in the field of TVET & Employment were presented on Wednesday 21 December to an attentive audience of Enabel colleagues and our external networks (SES, DGD, APEFE, via Don Bosco, Educaidbe, ETM, AUF, E-duForm, …). Recommendations on the effectiveness, relevance, sustainability, equality (gender, inclusion), digitalisation and quality of our monitoring systems were presented and widely discussed.

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24 January 2023

#ClimatEducaid22 conference – Recommendations

On 20 and 21 October 2022, organised a hybrid conference on education and climate change. We could count on the support of the Belgian government, VVOB – education for development, APEFE, Enabel, UNICEF Belgium and IFEF (Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la Formation)/OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) as an external partner.

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23 January 2023

Enabel promotes women entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East

At the initiative of Belgium’s Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities, Enabel has launched the Awa Prize. With this award, Belgium aims to reward promising initiatives by women entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East and promote women’s leadership.

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17 January 2023

Benin: women growing pineapples improve their business skills and household incomes

In Benin, we support a women’s empowerment initiative for women entrepreneurs active in the pineapple value chain, to help them overcome the difficulties surrounding their business and take it to the next level.

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